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The Imagination Desk is an occasional audio series from the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University. We chat with artists, scholars, scientists, and technologists about what inspires them and how they define and use imagination in their work.

Aug 4, 2023

In this episode of The Imagination Desk, we sit down with cultural producer, performer, and inclusion expert Claudia Alick. In this conversation, Claudia speaks about Black imagination and futures, and shares her perspectives on ways to create safer and more inclusive spaces for marginalized groups and communities. 


Claudia Alick is a multimodal artist and changemaker who has written, directed, and produced a number of theatrical productions, facilitated artist workshops, and created podcasts and video series. She has served on the City of Ashland, Oregon’s Climate Action Committee and is co-president of the board of the Network of Ensemble Theater. She served on Oregon Arts Leaders in Inclusion and steering committees for The Ghostlight Project and Black Theater Commons. She is the recipient of the NYC Fresh Fruit directing award, the Lilla Jewel Award for Women Artists, was featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and was formerly the Community Producer for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. To learn more about Claudia’s work, including their podcast Hold on Wait for it, visit